Robert Griffin III is in a familiar situation as he prepares for the 2015 NFL season.
Coming off the back of yet another injury-hit season the Washington Redskins quarterback is hoping to prove a growing number of critics wrong. And, with a newly positive Jay Gruden back on side, early signs had been positive on that front.
According to one anonymous offensive coach though, quoted as part of ESPN's 'Quarterback Tiers' project, RGIII is "done" in the NFL - and it is not because of his dodgy knee.
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Rather than his history on the treatment table, it is Griffin's mentality that could make it impossible for the Redskins star to rediscover his rookie season form:
"The injury slowed his legs, and his ego will not allow him to hit rock bottom and actually grind his way back up the right way.
"(Robert Griffin III) is done and there's no coming back."
The anonymous coach's comments were backed up by another, this time from a personnel director, which claimed "to get better in this league, you have to have a degree of humility."
After multiple knee injuries and a hamstring issue in 2014 you would think the quarterback would be prepared to do whatever it takes to get back amongst the elite signal-callers in the league.
So, although the anonymous comments must be taken with a pinch of salt, the the idea Robert Griffin isn't willing to put in the hard shards will only serve as another stick with which his critics can beat him.
Redskins fans, too, will be concerned about their supposed franchise quarterback. Griffin has failed to maintain impressive rookie form due to injury and ill-form and, having lost his starting job for part of the 2014 campaign, there is already huge uncertainty as to whether the QB is the long-term answer.
Robert Griffin III is still expected to take the reigns as starter for the Redskins come Week One of the 2015 season but the overall results of ESPN's 'Quarterback Tier' project don't exactly do much to boost confidence in the former Baylor man.
He was accused of being delusional by one participant and ultimately found himself in Tier Four having ranked 28th amongst NFL quarterbacks - a drop from 19th in the 2013 survey.
Redskins fans: Do you believe RGIII will be a success in 2015 or should he be benched? Have your say in the comments below...
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